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Eleven injured in demonstrations in Georgia

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Demonstrators in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Thursday night. Photo: Zurab Tsertsvadze / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 02.05.2024 03:34:01

Crime and justice: The opposition in the country believes the government cooperates too closely with Russia, and the bill is compared to a similar law introduced there.

After the vote, police in Tbilisi used tear gas and stun grenades to push back an estimated 40,000 protesters outside the National Assembly.

The Ministry of Health states in a message reproduced by Georgian media that eleven people are receiving treatment in hospital. There are six police officers among them.

The country’s president Salome Zourabichvili is opposed to the law. The president has largely only ceremonial power, but asked the protesters to show restraint. The real task is to overthrow the government at the election in October, she says.

The party stated on Tuesday that he was beaten up during a demonstration. In parliament, the opposition leader’s face was heavily bandaged. He is said to have suffered a concussion, facial fractures and had four teeth knocked out.

Georgia has applied for membership in both the EU and NATO, but the protesters believe that the current government is not serious about the applications.

The EU has warned Georgia that the law could have consequences for the country’s EU application.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday condemned the use of violence against the protesters, and she urged the country’s government to continue its path towards the EU.

According to Deputy Interior Minister Aleksandre Darakhvelidze, the protesters tried to enter the parliament using various objects, and they also reportedly attacked police officers. 63 people have been arrested, he says.

Among those who spoke in parliament in connection with the vote was Levan Khabeishvili, who heads Georgia’s main opposition party, the United National Movement.

(© NTB)

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